Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Lost Voice Guy, James Meehan, and host Hayley Ellis
Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy)
Britain's Got Talent winner - 2018
Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy may not be able to talk, but he definitely has something to say, and his comedy will leave you speechless.
Since making his first stand up performance in February 2012, Ridley has gained quite the reputation for being both very funny and very unique.
He's gigged across the country performing at clubs and small venues, and has warmed up at Tour shows for the likes of Ross Noble, Patrick Kielty, Jason Manford and Jason Cook.
In 2014 he won the BBC New Comedy Award and went on to became the winner of ITV’s highest rated show, Britain’s Got Talent, in 2018; the first comic ever to win the show.
Lee’s other credits include his own sitcom BBC Radio 4 sitcom, Ability, Live at the Apollo for BBC, and in late 2018 he completed a huge nationwide theatre tour before releasing his debut book in May 2019.
“Funny, personal, occasionally shocking and frequently mischievous” - The Independent
“Finding humour in strange places is one of Lost Voice Guy’s strengths” - The Guardian
“a show that will open your eyes, put fire in your belly and make you laugh guiltily at its frankness and levity” - ★★★★★ - Metro
Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner 2014 (Panel Prize for Funz & Gamez)
Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee 2014 (Best Newcomer for Gein's Family Giftshop)
Offbeat, aloof, yet delightfully likeable, James Meehan is a current rising star of the British comedy scene. Unique and intelligent material sets him apart as a stand-up, with his writing chops proven once more as one fourth of the multi-award winning sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop.
A move to Manchester saw James focus on comedy, embarking on a degree in contemporary theatre at Salford University, and it was here he met his fellow Gein’s Family Giftshop members. A regular on the Manchester comedy circuit since 2009, James threw himself into the City’s thriving stand up scene and just three years later his talent was recognized a runner up in Preston Comedian of the Year.
In 2013 James joined Phil Ellis as a cast member and writer on his critically acclaimed Edinburgh show “Unplanned Orphan”. In 2014, James was part of the cast of Phil Ellis’ Funz and Gamez, which won the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Panel Prize, and in the same year Gein’s Family Giftshop were nominees for the Best Newcomer Award at The Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards. They are also winners of London Sketchfest’s Best New Sketch Act & The Audience Choice Award 2014.
“Refreshingly nonchalant” - Time Out
“Wonderfully deadpan” - Fest
“Razor sharp timing and cutting northern wit” - Shortcom
Edinburgh Fringe: 25 funniest jokes of all-time - The Independent
Edinburgh Fringe: Best 21 jokes told at the festival in the last decade - The Mirror
Manchester comedian and former regular contributor to XFM’s breakfast show, Hayley Ellis has gone from strength to strength since she began performing.
A regular MC at gigs around the country, Hayley’s natural warmth and charm make her impossible to dislike, something which has become evident in her success in new act competitions throughout the UK.
Hayley has also become a regular sight gag contributor for the Russell Howard’s Good News television programme, and has appeared on MTV’s “Why aye love Geordie Shore” and “Comedy Set Lists” for Virgin television. She can also sometimes be heard on your wireless (Absolute Radio), and her sketches and jokes have appeared on Newsjack (Radio 4).
“Ellis is a talent” - Fest
“Hayley Ellis always makes me laugh off and on stage” - Sarah Millican
“A great hour of stand-up” - Northern Soul
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
Note: Line-ups are subject to change in extreme, and unavoidable, circumstances.
Tickets for this show can be bought online at www.bishopaucklandtownhall.org.uk, in person from Bishop Auckland Town Hall, or telephone 03000 269 524.